Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lancaster, South Carolina inspired necklace

Face it, Lancaster, SC is the Red Rose city of the south and each resident has been through their share of petals and thorns this year. Here's my tribute to the town that I CHOSE to make my home.
Lancaster, SC citizens are just a fabulous mixture of good ole southern folks, smart and loving congregations and creative artisans trying to emerge from the economic downturn with a positive light. We've been through a lot lately - from a courthouse arson that ruined a beautiful and fabulous historical building on Main St. to being labeled as "Most vulnerable town in the US" by Forbes magazine. Well, phooey on them! I think we're FABULOUS!
Wear this with PRIDE Lancaster lady!

The pattern features red roses and polka dots on a black background. The tin was pounded flat and sanded in order to smooth the surface and remove sharp edges. The pendants are smooth to the touch.The focal point is a red heart bead that came from a broken necklace that I found in a parking lot in Rock Hill as I was loading my groceries. I put an ad in the paper because I would be frantic over losing such a beautiful object, but no one claimed it. It amazes me when such wonderful things are just tossed away without a care in the world. I just don't understand how people can do that. So, the point is, I don't know the age or mineral content of the bead. It looks glass to me. And, I do feel the need to say that all of my found items are completely sanitized before I upcycle them because I am afraid of germs.
Genuine coral beads accent the necklace as well.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The evolution of altered art

Altered art has moved from our walls and their personal shrines to our jewelry boxes. Artists are creating beautiful pieces of jewelry out of everyday items such as spoons, forks, dice, dominos, scrabble tiles and many other things.

Places that altered art jewelry can be purchased include your local art gallery, online stores suchs as and other Etsy stores and flea markets.

With the "recession" and the economic downturn, art is one of the few areas where there is appreciation. So why not turn the old bakelite charms and pieces of jewelry into something new and exciting!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I've not written in a while due to being overwhelmed with all the nothingness there is to do, but I plan to get in the hang of this staying home thing. It's difficult to keep a schedule up when one hasn't even been made.

I did learn that the key to not staying in my pajamas all day is to get my shower first thing in the morning. Now, I have to work on getting Joel to pre-school so I can go to my studio on Main St. and work on actual paintings.

Since I've not actually left my house (in body) since Thursday, I know that I must make it to the studio tomorrow. I shall have company! My BFF, Jenny will be joining me as she gets a mid-month vacation from The Lancaster News.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I suppose that I need to make a schedule on when I will be blogging, working on Etsy stuff, creating art and when I will be doing my exercises and household chores... Wow... Next week, Joel will be at pre-school (I'm too cheap to pay for a full week when he doesn't get one because of the inclimate weather). I will be working at the studio downtown during that time and I can't wait to be free of the contstraints that have been weighing me down for the past two weeks...

I also need to be working on what inventory will be at Chastain's and what inventory will be in my Etsy store. It's dangerous to be selling the same item in two locations. I don't see it happening, but what if the same item sells at both places before I can remove it from one? I have the craziest fears.

Exercise is an important part to living with my disorder. I need to work on getting that into my schedule. I think that I will be using the stationary bike and the ab lounge regularly. I need to get my sleeping habits under control as well. There is not a single solitary reason that I should stay awake until the rooster's crow. I also need to learn to put the computer down and sleep in my bed not where I happen to be typing. This would be better for my back, that's for sure!

Well, gotta get busy working on my house cleaning so George and I can cleanse it.

Love y'all!


Monday, March 2, 2009

To paint or not to paint... that is the question

So do I paint the golf course or do I paint the fun stuff... Hmmm
Wow, I guess I am blogging - finally caught up to the 21st century. Now that I don't work for der Teufel, I can blog my heart out. Apparently, personal blogs were considered a falsche schritteif while employed by this uber-steuerung.

In this blog, I plan to spill my guts about my art, my family and anything else. This is one of the few times that I have been unemployed in my lifetime. I was unemployed right before and right after Erin was born. I was unemployed for a year to spend time with my son. Now, I am unemployed again - or can I say - self employed.

I should empower myself as an artist now. I am an artist. I am self employed. My art is no longer a hobby. My art is my love and my career - at least until I go nuts and have to work outside the home, which then, my job will be my hobby ;-)